Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment as apprentice auto mechanics or to allow students to continue toward a Baccalaureate degree in other advanced schools of technology in preparation for future management and teaching careers in the automotive industry.

The College of Alameda ATECH program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as a Master Automobile Service Technician Program (MAST), and was recognized as the “Best Auto Mechanics Training Program” in California in 1999 and again in 2002 by the Industry Planning Council of the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association.  COA Atech graduates work as automotive technicians in dealerships and independent repair shops throughout the East Bay and the Bay Area.

Instruction covers safety, trade ethics, use of hand and power tools, as well as the theory, repair and testing of automobiles and their components. Special emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and repair of electronic and computer control systems in late model automobiles.

Upon registering for a class in the automotive major area, a student will receive a list of required basic tools. The student will be expected to purchase tools that relate to the course in which he/she has enrolled. The purpose of this requirement is to assure that all students graduating from the program possess tools in a quantity sufficient for trade entry as an apprentice.



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)


  • Meet standards as a results of NATEF program certification and evaluation process.
  • Using Toyota database and standards, student will graduate from T-TEN program as a full-time Toyota technician working at a dealership.
  • Student will successfully gain and keep employment in the automotive field.
  • Be ‘lifelong learners’ in the field of automotive technology, keeping up with changes in vehicles, in diagnostics and in repair procedures through a commitment to continual learning and training.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, supervisors and co-workers.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in the process of diagnosing and repairing vehicles.
  • Competently perform industry standard automotive repair procedures, using the proper tools, procedures, and diagnostic techniques, as specified in the NATEF program certification process.Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) may be assessed using written and hands-on exams, lab exercises and other methods.

Gainful Employment Information

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided in the link(s) below describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the latest completed academic year (as of July 1). Full-time status is defined as a student that enrolls in 12 units for both the fall and the spring semesters of a given academic year.


Automotive Mechanic job description

Automotive Electronic Specialist job description